Originally posted on tomsguide.
The Always On Top PowerToy pins an app window to the top, so it’ll stay visible
The Always On Top PowerToy on Windows is incredibly useful. If you’ve never heard of it before, this Windows Shell extension essentially pins a selected open window to the top, meaning it’s always visible, even if you click on another window.
This is super handy if you have an app you use so regularly, even switching with a fast navigation tool like Task View is too slow. Apps like the Windows Calculator or Slack, for example.
Now, the benefits of Always On Top can also be had with dual screens or larger monitors using snapping — essentially, if you have lots of space, you don’t need Always On Top.
How to use the Always On Top PowerToy on Windows 11
Always On Top is part of Microsoft PowerToys, which you’ll need to install before you can continue with this guide. We can show you how to get Microsoft PowerToys on Windows 11, if you need a pointer.
1. Go to PowerToys > Always On Top
Open the PowerToys app via the Start menu, then click Always On Top.
2. Toggle on Always On Top
Toggle on Enable Always On Top.
3. Press Win + Ctrl + T
With a window open that you want to pin to top, press Win + Ctrl + T. By default a border will appear around the window to show that it is pinned to top.
4. Change keyboard shortcut (optional)
If you’d like to change the activation shortcut, go to the Always On Top PowerToys menu, click the Activation Shortcut box and press the keys you’d like to use instead.
5. Change the highlight color (optional)
You can change the highlight color of your pinned windows. By default, it’ll match your theme. Click the Color mode drop down and select a new color. You can also toggle off the border using the switch just above, too.